Bradley Ellis, Dana Point

In response to last week’s online story, “Boarders Banned from Cruising Monarch Beach Streets,” this is completely ridiculous. Pretty soon the ban will be spread throughout the city. You’re banning skateboarding on city streets, then why not build a skateboard park.

My son is a competitive skateboarder. We travel all over Southern California to city parks to compete. I’m embarrassed that Dana Point does not have a skateboard park, especially a city that was built off the back of a coastal Southern California lifestyle. Every city in Orange County has a skateboard park, so why not Dana Point?

It could bring added value to tourism and a place for kids to be active and out of the house.

I would encourage the city manager to visit Laguna Niguel or San Clemente’s skate parks on a Friday night or weekday after school and witness the number of kids and families utilizing these parks. Then visit the stores and restaurants and ask them how much of their business is generated from the park.

Go to Doheny State Beach and see the tourists that are skateboarding in the parking lots because they have no other place to go. At $300,000 a year I’m sure you could find the time.

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    Jim Slark
    October 4, 2013 at 11:25 AM # Edit

    Skate board park? Are you nuts? Years ago when the county was holding hearings for the revamp of the harbor, I suggested to our county supervisor that they make room for a skate board park, for some of the reasons you suggest. I was looked at with scorn by Wilson, derision. Hey, figure it out, we can build six million dollar tax payer funded bridges to no where for the eventual building of 20,000 square feet of shops where the trailer park used to be, but we have no room for our kids and all of us who need a swimming pool to help keep us healthy. Our soul purpose seems to be spend for whatever keeps the rich friends of our city council happy, not so much for the rest of us. It is really a shame our kids aren’t considered enough when the money flows.

    Jim Slark
    October 10, 2013 at 9:57 PM # Edit

    could be sole or soul

    JB
    October 8, 2013 at 12:23 PM # Edit

    I agree! Those kids weren’t hurting or bothering anyone on our street. Just good clean fun and staying out of trouble. Now they want us to call the police if we see kids skate boarding! I don’t think so. Just a bunch of grumpy old people with nothing better to do. I was hoping maybe they could so something constructive like do something about all the yappy barking dogs. Don’t get me wrong, I love dogs. But seriously, what is this world coming to when you can’t even skateboard on your own street?

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